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All about nightmares – 2 January 19, 2009

Posted by paripl110707 in Creaming, Deep Sleep, Frightening, Normal Childhood, Psychic Healing Process, Sleep Disorder, Stage of Sleep, Traumatic Event.
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In children, most nightmares are probably part of normal development that reflects a child’s attempts to cope with normal childhood fears and problems. As a rule, they do not need treatment, although it is advisable to encourage young children to discuss their nightmares with their parents or other adults. But if the nightmares are very disturbing and recurrent, the aid of a therapist may be required.

In adults, most nightmares also do not necessitate treatment. Nightmares that repeat a traumatic event are probably part of the normal psychic healing process, and will diminish in frequency and intensity with time. But if after several weeks or months no change in frequency or intensity in the nightmares occurs, consultation with a therapist is in order.

Some nightmares can really be very frightening, especially those that involve physical danger such as the one you experienced. However, there is no evidence that links nightmares to death while asleep. People experiencing nightmares are also not at risk for physical injury because nightmares occur during the rapid eye movement (REM) stage of sleep, which is characterized by relaxation or paralysis of the skeletal muscles to prevent a person from acting out his or her dream. Thus, screaming and thrashing about, which are common in another sleep disorder called night terror or sleep terror, are uncommon in nightmares. Night terrors occur during deep sleep and not during REM stage of sleep. Hence, people who have night terrors are not dreaming. A person who is having a nightmare is easy to waken and often wakens by himself/herself, but a person experiencing night terror is difficult to rouse.

By the way, people’s attitudes towards nightmares vary. Most people are not disturbed by their nightmares, and studies have shown that about half of those who have recurrent nightmares regard them as fascinating and creative acts of their minds or as just dreams.

Ref: dailyinquirer